Panther Creek Recreation Area

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Enjoy a picnic, hold a Boy Scout troop meeting or have a family gathering within the historic CCC structures of this wooded recreation area. Directly adjacent to the picnic pavilions visitors can can follow their picnic with a mesmerizing day-hike to the awesome falls on the 3.5 mile (one way) Panther Creek Trail.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Picnic area remains open the Panther Creek Trail is temporarily closed. The Chattooga River Ranger District has issued a temporary trail closure for the Panther Creek Trail in Habersham County Georgia. Recent high-water events have caused significant damage to the Panther Creek Trail. Bridges are no longer in place requiring hikers to ford Panther Creek and minor tributaries. Sections of the trail tread washed away and sustainable passage to the falls is no longer possible at this time. In addition, high winds and saturated soils led to a higher number of downed trees impacting hiker safety. We appreciate visitor's cooperation while staff work to make the trail safe and address resource damage in order to open Panther Creek Trail soon.
Operational Hours: Sunrise to Sunset for the picnic area and shelters. No overnight camping in or around the picnic area or parking lot. Thank you
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted.  Occupation of picnic sites are on a first come first serve basis.
Fees Standard Amenity Fee - $4/Vehicle/day
Open Season: Open year round
Restrictions: The hiking trail is strictly for foot-travel only
Water: Drinking water is provided from fountains at the picnic area
Restroom: 1 Vault restroom facility
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Please contact the Chattooga River Ranger District for more information at (706) 754-6221

General Information


 Physical Address: 3995 Old Historic 441, Turnerville, GA



(Northern end)Trailhead and recreation area: from the Chattooga River Ranger office in Lakemont, travel south on US 441 for 3.5 miles to Historic 441 and turn Rt.  Continue on Historic 441 for approx. 1.5 miles.  The Panther Creek Recreation Area will be on the right and the trail begins across the street on the left.

(Southern end) Panther Creek Trail: Hwy 184 North (Panther Bridge Rd) which becomes Yonah dam Rd. to Panther Creek Rd.  Turn Lt. and follow Panther Creek rd. until it ends at parking lot at southern end  of trail. 

Recreation Map

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Day Hiking

Panther Creek Foot Trail is a total of 6.6 miles of moderate hiking, point-to-point.  From the (northern-end) Trailhead it's about 3.3 miles to the falls.

The trail consists of steep slopes, rocky paths and sometimes requires crossing very narrow and precarious stretches of trail. Please hike with caution and watch your step!

*Do not mistake the high shoals at mile 2.3 for the waterfall--you have another mile to go!*

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


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